Lights go out but show shines
THE OLD showbiz saying ‘the show must go on' rang true for Gladstone Eistedfodd entrants on Sunday night when the power went out at the Entertainment Centre.
The power went out about 6.30pm on Sunday due to a fault in a switchgear on a sub-station at Auckland Point.
Ergon Energy Corporate Communications Manager for the Central region Bob Pleash said supply was tripped to 318 customers at 6.28pm and back on line by 8pm. Gladstone photographer Kerry Thomas who is the official Eistedfodd photographer said the committee had to make some big decisions about what to do as people were starting to arrive.
“At 7.30pm they decided to go ahead with the show,” Kerry said.
There were five teams competing in the Duologue section of the Eistedfodd so the manager of the Entertainment Centre got hold of a generator and a light and set up a designated area in the foyer for the show to go ahead.
“The kids loved it, it was a nice atmosphere out in the foyer,” Kerry said.
“Their improvisation skills were brought to the fore as their props were on the stage and no-one could go inside to get them so they had to make do with whatever props they could find.”
The adjudacator Moira McCormack praised the entrants for putting on such a good show under difficult conditions.